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The Final Countdown: Legislative update from your Chief Executive Officer

Tuesday, March 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The Final Countdown 
2016 Florida Legislative Update from DCMS Chief Executive Officer, Bryan Campbell:

Maybe it's that crazy Geico commercial or just the approaching end of the 2016 Florida Legislative Session, but I can't get that song out of my head.
 
The House and Senate have agreed on a budget that is now in it's mandated 72-hour "cooling-down" period, which means that the Session should end as scheduled on Friday. Here's my "final countdown" of things we are watching as the Session draws to a close.
 
7. The last 3 days are a flurry of votes, and this is where good bills go to die. Even if a bill has passed through one house, it dies if it is not taken up on the floor of the other house before the end of session.
 
6. LIP Funds will return. The budget includes a reduced amount of Low Income Pool funding, but the agreement worked last year seems to have been upheld. This is good news for hospitals like UF Health Jacksonville which service large uninsured populations.
 
5. Medicaid expansion never had a chance this Session. 
 
4. Look both ways, here comes another Healthcare Train. The House has once again passed a series of bills that will impact the delivery of healthcare in Florida. These include numerous provisions including Nurse and PA prescribing, allowing out-of-state doctors to perform telemedicine in Florida, allowing patients to contract directly with physicians for Direct Primary Care, and increasing the amount of time a patient can stay in a recovery care center. Next stop: The Senate Floor.
 
3. Balance Billing will likely be prohibited. The House and Senate have similar bills which would ban balance billing. 
 
2. Healthcare Transparency will be passed in some form. The exact details depend on the final version of the bill, but this will likely affect your practice as early as July 1, 2016.
 
1. The budget does not come close to the $1 billion tax cut that Governor Rick Scott requested. Do not be surprised if the veto pen is used on spending priorities which do not align with the Governor's.